First mined in Egypt around 3500 BC, this precious stone favoured by Cleopatra was first introduced to Europe through the Spanish Conquistadors, who brought it back from South America.
Emeralds have been a symbol of spiritual awareness, protection, love and wisdom throughout history. Ancient Romans and Greeks believed it to be the representative of the Goddess Venus. Hence, they perceived this gemstone as a conveyor of hope and love.
Although sourced in many countries, Emeralds are most famously mined in Colombia and Zambia and are the most valuable of the Beryl minerals, a group that also includes Aquamarine. The beautiful green of the Emerald is caused by trace elements of chromium.
Often called 'The Stone of Successful Love', Emeralds are very closely connected with the Heart Chakra. The soothing green stone is thought to bring balance, compassion and loyalty in all relationships.
Emerald is the birth stone for the month of May and is the traditional stone for celebrating a 55th wedding anniversary.